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2006 Census: Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006: Population of the provinces and territories

Slight increase in the population growth of British Columbia

This photograph shows two people riding horses in British Columbia with mountains in the background.The growth of British Columbia's population between 2001 and 2006 (+5.3%) was slightly higher than during the previous intercensal period (+4.9%) and close to the national average (+5.4%).

International immigration remains the principal factor in the province's population growth, as it has one of the lowest fertility rates in the country (an average of 1.4 children per woman since 2001). The 2001 to 2006 period also saw an improvement in British Columbia's net migration exchanges with the rest of Canada, reversing the trend that was evident in the previous intercensal period.

The province went over the 4 million mark in population between 2001 and 2006. Its population of 4,113,487 in the 2006 Census represents 13.0% of Canada's population.

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